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Industry-based trade qualifications and training

If you work in the trenchless technology industry or horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a full trade qualification in Trenchless Technology for your employees or yourself, is available from the Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC), however large or small your business, in all states.

This national qualification is specifically designed to suit companies working in energy-related contexts and with telecommunications – there is a different qualification for “÷wet’ work.

It is achieved either by recognising the skills you have, or by training new employees to a recognisable set of standards.

Increasingly contractors are required to have formal statements of competence for their personnel.

This is a relatively new demand.

Offering a formal qualification can also give employees the proud feeling that they are in an industry that’s here to stay, with a recognisable and valuable set of skills, and help you retain your trained employees.

ADITC is a not-for-profit industry organisation that exists to improve the skills and professionalism of the industry – in our own industry’s eyes, in the eyes of our contract principals, in our insurers’ eyes, and in public perception.

ASTT is a member organisation, along with all drilling associations in all drilling sectors (oil and gas, waterwell, mineral exploration, environmental drilling, foundation).

Though they are competitors for business, most drilling contractors take the view that an increase in the quality of training and number of skilled personnel over the industry is a good thing.

At an industry level the drilling industry has been quite strategic.

All the tools to help companies get this together are there, developed on industry (and some government) money.

  • We have strong, industry-based qualifications in drilling in all sectors, including Trenchless Technology and HDD. Certificate III (3) in Drilling Operations is the trade level. Qualifications exist from Certificate II for an offsider, all the way to Advanced Diploma for the owner/business manager.
  • There’s a tried and true system in place to issue them, which is not complex or expensive, which has been used by other sectors of the industry (like mineral exploration) for some years.
  • You have the assurance of an external, nationally-authorised, regulated industry body that understands drilling to assess training outcomes and issue the qualifications. ADITC uses strong quality assurance processes to ensure that qualifications issued are rigorous and will stand up to the requirements of contract principals and to audit.
  • Assessment can recognise and value in-company training and experience to add to or form a qualification for experienced personnel
  • ADITC has developed up-to-date industry-based structured training material in plain English with content targeted for trenchless and HDD, which allows companies to train new personnel using industry-specific material at site on your own equipment (use your down time better!) or to structure your own company training and avoid gaps
  • Costs are known, predictable and not expensive. We are a not-for profit industry body and focus on providing affordable and authoritative service to our industry.

ADITC maintains a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which meets very rigorous industry and government standards to provide training and assessment services to the drilling industry across all sectors and for all qualifications including trenchless and HDD, within and outside Australia.

Because our training organisation is part of an industry body, we carefully control the quality of training and award of a qualification, and hold the cost down.

The contact for qualifications and related training is the RTO Manager ADITC Ltd phone +61 2 9428 3444 or email or go to

Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Hilliard also chairs the National Uniform Driller Licensing Committee for the waterwell sector.

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